The first Telethon of Stars was held in 1977 and broadcast throughout Québec
The fundraising goal for 2015-2016 is $3 million
More than 25,000 donors support the Foundation of Stars
The Foundation has raised $70 million since 1977
Foundation of Stars
For 38 years the Québec-based Foundation of Stars has been a driving force behind funding research for cures and treatments for childhood illnesses. The first Telethon of Stars was held in 1977 and broadcast throughout Québec in both English and French. Over the years, the Foundation has used a variety of means to raise funds and has worked closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The fundraising goal for the 2015-2016 campaign is $3 million.
The Foundation focuses its support on a number of research projects, including in the fields of Pediatric Glioblastoma, Autism and Fabry disease. Before 1980, for example, the majority of children with brain cancer died; today the majority live as research breakthroughs are routinely achieved, including those made possible by the Foundation.
Bernice Lowe, one of 40,000 individuals who donate regularly to the Foundation, is featured in a current fundraising drive. She notes in a letter that she’s been donating to the cause since 1983 as her son suffered from epilepsy.
A generation later, her granddaughter was only three weeks old when she was diagnosed with a tumour, a large, fast-growing teratoma, which was removed during an eight-hour surgery; seven more operations followed. From the dire diagnosis that she might never walk, sit up, see or hear, the three-and-a-half-year-old today walks with braces and happily chatters away. “Every donation in support of our researchers is crucial,” writes Mrs. Lowe.
“The Foundation has made great contributions to the health and welfare of children for more than three decades,” says Pierre Boyer, an employee of Power Corporation, who has a long association with the Foundation. “I am proud of the fact that I have been able to make a personal contribution to the Foundation of Stars as a volunteer, and I am gratified that Power also recognizes the work of the Foundation by providing financial support.”
“The Foundation of Stars’ support of leading pediatric researchers would not be possible without the contribution of partners like Power Corporation. Thanks to their support, the Foundation has initiated major projects to further research on childhood diseases,” says Katharina Bourgin, Head of Communications of the Foundation of Stars.